New York Mets Reportedly Interested in Joe Girardi If Skipper Is Not Re-signed

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Joe Girardi (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Joe Girardi (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

With Joe Girardi’s job security with the New York Yankees up in the air and the New York Mets looking for a replacement for Terry Collins, Girardi may not have to travel far for his next job.

It looks like the New York Mets have their sights set on the man who they want to potentially lead their young, rebuilding group. They didn’t have to look too far. Across the water from Queens, in the Bronx managing the Yankees in a heavily contested American League Division Series, Joe Girardi has come up as the man for the job if the New York Yankees let him go at the conclusion of the team’s postseason run.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the Mets are “keeping surveillance” on the Girardi situation as they seek a replacement for Terry Collins, who resigned after the Mets failed to make the playoffs for the first time in three years, finishing with a 70-92 record.

After letting go of some high-priced veterans during the trade deadline, the Mets called up top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith. The two young studs provide a lot of spark and potential that the Mets haven’t seen in position players since the arrival of David Wright and Jose Reyes.

With a full youth movement, the rejuvenation of the franchise could be potentially spearheaded by a man who has his fair share of experience leading a primarily young team with a sprinkle of savvy vets.

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The 2018 New York Mets may not replicate what the 2017 New York Yankees were able to accomplish but a starting rotation with a healthy Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Noah Syndergaard could prove vital to putting the young Mets in position to contend in the NL East again. The Amazins could also possibly make another deep postseason run such as 2015 when they fell short to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.

Rightfully so, Girardi came under intense scrutiny for failing to challenge a key play in Game 2 of the ALDS that resulted in Francisco Lindor hitting a grand slam. Girardi’s blunder led to the Indians making a historic postseason comeback and beating the Yankees 9-8 in a 13-inning thriller. There’s a lot of belief that Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman will renew Girardi’s contract but anything is possible.

A lot of blown games that should have been won that were mismanaged by Girardi could have easily cost the Yankees the AL East Title. Blowing Game 2 of the ALDS has also proved to be crucial as the Yankees were able to win Game 3 and 4 at home which could have resulted in an ALDS win by now and an ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

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If Joe Girardi is let go by the New York Yankees at the conclusion of the postseason and joins the New York Mets, he will join Joe Torre, Yogi Berra, Dallas Green, and Casey Stengel as the only men to manage both rival New York franchises.